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1 December 2006 Rural Landscape, Production and Human Consumption: Past, Present and Future.
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Production and consumption of food and in a rural area over the last 400 years were reconstructed for a parish in south east Sweden. This was based on a number of different data sources, including historical maps and official demographic and agricultural statistics. Changes in population (and thus consumption) and the production from arable land and livestock were calculated and used to provide an estimate of the area's supply and demand over time, and of the historical sustainability of the area. Overall food productivity was remarkably constant over time, at approximately 0.04 kgC m−2 y−1, despite recent changes in population size and the area of cultivated land. The empirical results from the past and the present, together with the future land changes due to shoreline displacement were used to predict the situation in the future. These final estimates can be used in the assessment of risk for exposure to contaminated food for the future population in the area.
Ulf Jansson, Ulrik Kautsky and Sofia Miliander "Rural Landscape, Production and Human Consumption: Past, Present and Future.," AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment 35(8), (1 December 2006). https://doi.org/10.1579/0044-7447(2006)35[505:RLPAHC]2.0.CO;2
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